Mr. Bernhardt Schroeder passed away April 16, 2019, at Heritage Inn Memory Care facility in Charlottesville after a valiant fight with dementia and PTSD.
He was born in Manhattan, N.Y., to Margaret and Frank Schroeder in 1947. He attended High School of Music and Arts and Manhattan Conservatory of Music and the Gilbert School for Organ. Mr. Schroeder was an accomplished pianist and organist and served as music director and organist at many churches in New York City and Long Island, as well as the United Church of Christ in Sherburne, N.Y., and Franktown Methodist Church on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. He was the keyboard player in several rock-and-roll bands in his teens. He loved music of all genres, but his love was jazz.
Mr. Schroeder worked as a physical therapy aide at Community Memorial Hospital, and as a clinical engineer at Shore Memorial Hospital on the Eastern Shore of Virginia and UVA Medical Center until his retirement in 2012. He would often be heard playing the grand piano in the lobby of UVA Medical Center on his lunch break.
Mr. Schroeder served in the U.S. Air Force and was a Vietnam veteran stationed at Cam Rahn Bay as a master sergeant and chief cargo load master.
He is survived by his devoted wife, Jeannette, and stepdaughter, Cassie Trontoski. He is preceded in death by his parents, Margaret and Frank Schroeder, who passed away in the late 1970s, and an estranged brother, Frank Schroeder.
The family wishes to extend its thanks to the staff of Heritage Inn and the staff of Legacy Hospice who cared for Mr. Schroeder with care and compassion during his transition, allowing him to be in comfort and with dignity.
Thacker Brothers Funeral Service will be in charge of his cremation. There will be no calling hours.